Press Release: Meritus Gas Partners Acquires MagneGas Assets in Texas, Louisiana and Indiana

NEW YORKFeb. 10, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Meritus Gas Partners (“Meritus”), a portfolio company of AEA Investors’ Small Business Private Equity team, announced today that it has closed the acquisition of substantially all assets of MagneGas Welding Supply – South, LLC (“MagneGas”). The purchase was completed through a Section 363 Sale process resulting from MagneGas and its parent, Taronis Fuels, Inc. (“Taronis”), filing Chapter 11.

The acquired assets relate to MagneGas’ business in TexasLouisiana and Indiana and include seven retail locations and a recently expanded state-of-the-art fill plant and specialty gas laboratory in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metropolitan Area. Mitchell Welding Supply, LLC (“Mitchell“), Meritus’ existing operating company in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, will integrate all of MagneGas’ assets, customers and employees into its business. Jered Ruyle, former CEO of Taronis, will join the Mitchell management team as Vice President of Operations.

“We are ecstatic to add the excellent MagneGas facilities and operating assets to our growing Mitchell business and welcome MagneGas’ dedicated employees to the Meritus family. We are confident that Mitchell will offer an exceptional level of service to MagneGas’ loyal customers,” said Rob D’Alessandro, Meritus’ Vice Chairman. “The Dallas-Fort Worth market is a top 5 industrial market in the United States, and the stretch of East Texas between the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex and Shreveport, LA that MagneGas serves has a vibrant, growing customer base. This acquisition furthers our growth plans to become the leading independent distributor in the region. We are also fortunate to inherit a high-quality gas-rich business in Indiana which gives us a jump start to build a larger business in that area.”

Rodney Wray, President of Mitchell, added, “With the support of Meritus, we are fortunate to emerge as the winners of the 363 Sale. The MagneGas facilities fit like a glove with our locations’ footprint. Moreover, we warmly welcome MagneGas’ employees to our family, most of whom worked for Tyler Welding Supply, a well-regarded independent distributor acquired by MagneGas in 2019. We know that this transaction will resurrect the entrepreneurial spirit and commitment to growth that Tyler and its employees were well known for before 2019.”

“We are so pleased to join Mitchell and the Meritus federation, a first-class platform,” concluded Jered Ruyle. “Meritus was the only potential buyer who regarded MagneGas as a going concern. Other bidders were liquidation buyers, whereas Meritus valued our facilities and employees. Our employees have cooperated to support our customers during this difficult period. I am grateful for their dedication, and we are blessed to have a new home. The outlook is bright.”

About AEA

AEA Investors LP was founded in 1968 by the Rockefeller, Mellon and Harriman family interests and S.G. Warburg & Co. as a private investment vehicle for a select group of industrial family offices with substantial assets. AEA has an extraordinary global network built over many years which includes leading industrial families, business executives and leaders; many of whom invest with AEA as active individual investors and/or join its portfolio company boards or act in other advisory roles. Today, AEA’s approximately 110 investment professionals operate globally with offices in New YorkStamfordSan FranciscoLondonMunich and Shanghai. The firm manages funds that have approximately $18 billion of invested and committed capital including the leveraged buyouts of middle market companies and small business companies, growth capital and mezzanine and senior debt investments. AEA SBPE is a strategy within AEA that currently manages $2 billion of invested and committed capital. The team seeks to help grow and transform companies at the lower end of the middle market by sponsoring growing companies with proven management teams and superior business models.

About Meritus Gas Partners

Founded in December 2020, AEA Investors formed Meritus to assemble a national federation of high-quality independent distributors of industrial, medical, and specialty gases and welding and safety supplies located in diverse geographies and serving growing end-markets. Meritus partners with exceptional businesses and management teams, allowing them to remain independent and entrepreneurial, supporting them to accelerate growth, improving their business quality and enhancing their value. Owners are invited to invest meaningful equity in Meritus to share in the success of the overall platform. Visit us online at


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SOURCE: Meritus Gas Partners

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